Development Associate

Description and Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts is searching for a Development Associate to play a key role in CMA’s fundraising. Reporting to the Director of Development, they will be responsible for cultivating individual donors and members, and for organizing at least one major fundraising event annually. The Development Associate will be detail-oriented, a problem-solver, and a creative thinker. They should be comfortable both with deskwork and public events, can work independently while being part of a team, and possess a mature attitude reflective of the professional standards of the museum. At least two years of progressively more responsibility in development is required.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Individual Giving and Membership

— Manage CMA’s high-level donor circles: the Director’s Salon, the Artistic Director’s Circle, and the Contemporaries.
— Manage cultivation and fundraising events in conjunction with the above donor circles, both in-person and virtually, working with other organizational departments. This could include exhibition openings, tours and artist talks, or educational workshops.
— Organize membership activities, development, and relationships; work with Visitor Services staff to ensure the best member experience.
— Work with the Marketing team to send event communications and recruit new members.
— Maintain up-to-date donor and member records.
— Track and reconcile revenue.
— Work with other revenue-generating departments to identify and cultivate new individual donors and members.
— Draft mail and email appeals including major annual appeals; manage solicitation list.
— Manage Kickstarter campaign for CMA’s newest initiative.
— Use PatronManager database to track individual cultivation touch points for self, and the Executive Director.

Spring Gala

— Work with Development and Executive team to develop event structure, build host committees, and solicit sponsorships.
— Independently manage vendors and contracts, income tracking and attendance, food, beverage, and entertainment.
— Work with the Marketing and Design team to develop invitations, programs, corporate decks, and e-communications around the events.
— Maintain invitation and RSVP lists for events.
— Manage special events budget.
— Solicit individual, corporate, and in-kind donations, alongside other members of the Development and Executive team.
— Engage volunteers and CMA staff members for event activities.


— Support the fall online auction by coordinating with artists, artwork installers, shippers, and the Artsy sales platform.
— Manage donor data input and pull reports for PatronManager database.
— Maintain files and records, ensuring digital and hard copy files are up to date.
— Manage donor acknowledgement and stewardship; ensure that proper acknowledgments and recognition opportunities are extended; and implement appropriate follow-up activities.
— Perform other related duties as asked by the Director of Development.

Qualifications and Requirements:

— Two years’ experience in individual giving
— Experience with development databases, Salesforce preferred
— Excellent writing and communication skills
— Solid integrity and devotion to team efforts
— Ability to manage multiple tasks and exceptional organizational skills
— Proactive approach, flexibility, and positive, can-do attitude
— Ability to learn new procedures on the job without formal training
— Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail
— Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and quality expectations, willingness to push limits of existing abilities of the department to meet changing needs
— Ability to work thoughtfully within a fast-paced environment

Core Competencies:

— Proactive team player
— Highly organized with superb attention to detail
— Resourceful and creative problem-solver
— Demonstrated ability to manage and meet deadlines
— Consummate relationship building skills within and outside the organization
— Must be able to work in a highly entrepreneurial environment
— Thorough proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
— Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of children and families
— Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

This is a full-time, non exempt position, with a salary of $48,000 per year.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, two original, unedited writing samples, and cover letter to: hr@cmany.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line.

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

Eligible candidates will be contacted by phone or email for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. We are only seeking full time employees, not contracted firms. No recruiters, please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

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